NXT held its live TV tapings at Full Sail University on Wednesday night, for the remainder of the December tapings and the first week of January heading into NXT TakeOver: Phoenix. Here’s everything that happened, and everything you need to know. Trust me, you’re gonna want to know.
Please be aware that everything you read in the subsequent paragraphs is an actual, massive, legitimate spoiler for what will happen over the next several weeks of NXT television. You may read on only at your own risk. But if you’re the sort of person who just simply cannot wait until it happens on WWE Network to find out what happens next, congratulations! This post is for you!
NXT Taping Results
December 12 Episode
1. Matt Riddle defeated Punishment Martinez. Riddle won by submission, bro, with the Bromission. Kassius Ohno attacked Riddle on the ramp after the match.
2. The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake) defeated Raul Mendoza and Humberto Carrillo.
3. Shayna Baszler (with Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir) defeated Dakota Kai. Baszler won by submission with the Kirifuda Clutch. After the match, the Horsewomen attacked Kai until Io Shirai made the save.
– Tommaso Ciampa cut a promo on Velveteen Dream. Aleister Black interrupted and invoked his rematch for NXT TakeOver: Phoenix. Johnny Gargano interrupted THEM, saying he’s not done with Black. Ciampa goads them into finishing their feud in a steel cage, and they agree. Black tries to hit Gargano with Black Mass, but Gargano bails. Black hits Ciampa instead and stares down Gargano.
December 19 Episode
1. EC3 defeated Bobby Fish. EC3 countered a Cloverleaf into a roll-up to win the match. After the match, Undisputed Era attacked until Heavy Machinery made the save.
2. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch defeated The Mighty. Oney and Twoey won with their elevated DDT.
3. Mia Yim defeated Reina Gonzalez. Yim won the match with Eat Defeat, giving her a spot in a NXT Women’s Championship #1 contender fatal four-way match for later in the tapings.
4. Ricochet retained over Tyler Breeze. A returning Breeze got a big reaction, but lost when Ricochet countered the Beauty Shot into a Cradle Shock. PLEASE STAY WITH US DOWN HERE, TYLER BREEZE.
December 26 Episode
1. Io Shirai and Dakota Kai defeated Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Shirai pinned Shafir with a moonsault.
2. Dominik Dijakovic squashed Aaron Mackey.
3. Heavy Machinery squashed Local Talent. Undisputed Era tried to distract Heavy Machinery, but it didn’t work.
4. Matt Riddle defeated Kassius Ohno by submission with the Bromission. Ohno feigned respect after the match, but attacked Riddle again. Pro-tip: try fighting someone else.
January 2 Episode
1. Jaxson Ryker squashed Mitch Taverna. They had to re-tape the finish, because a slingshot powerbomb is not a great move.
2. #1 Contender Fatal Four-Way: Bianca Belair defeated Mia Yim, Io Shirai, and Lacey Evans. Belair pinned Evans with a K.O.D. to become the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship. It’ll be Bianca Belair vs. Shayna Baszler at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix.
3. Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong defeated Heavy Machinery.
4. Steel Cage Match: Johnny Gargano defeated Aleister Black. As Black attempted to leave the cage through the door, Tommaso Ciampa ran in and slammed it on him. Gargano and Black had a staredown, then did the DIY finisher to Black (!!). Ciampa smiled and waved at Gargano and closed the cage door as Gargano pinned Black.